This is a tape of agbadza music, which hs its roots in a historical war dance. It’s still commonly performed along the coast of West Africa, around eastern Ghana and Togo and Benin.

The agbadza dance is pretty distinct. This Togolese hip-hop video shows people dancing agbadza (flapping arm movement), among other things…


Side 1

Side 2


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

November 18, 2008 at 3:05 pm

I dig cassettes and dig this blog. Your Agbadza post is Ewe drumming typically found more toward the Togo border. I was lucky to get immersed in this stuff a few years back when I spent several weeks in really small Ewe village. This music happened daily. Great stuff!

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November 18, 2008 at 6:04 pm

Hum, make me remenber when i was in Ivory coast. Catched some words. )
Good swing

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November 19, 2008 at 12:07 am

Wow … just found this blog … phenomenal.

November 19, 2008 at 11:51 am

I came across your blog after reading a very interesting article in Mute Magazine: ‘I Like Listening to Awesome Tapes from Africa’.

Andy Moor from The Ex discusses the controversies of African music being so popular in the West. He discusses the important role of Awesome Tapes From Africa making available music that otherwise would remain unknown and opposes it to the exploitation of big ‘world music’ labels. The article is definitely worth reading.

November 20, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Thanks for the link to Andy Moore’s -long- article/interview. Just saw them with the 75 years old ethiopian legendary sax player Getachew Mekuria last week (although their show is already 2 years old now). Seeing the way he looks amused playing punk rock is highly enjoying and communicative! Despite what I could read here and there, in my opinion both music styles (ethiopian and rock) benefit from this unusual blend.

November 20, 2008 at 11:40 pm

nice posts!! the video is a cool treat…. i bought the Agbadza tape in Accra, but the cover had no info– just a blue design… glad to finally know song titles & stuff….


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November 24, 2008 at 6:11 pm

Excellent card!!! Congratulations!!! Have a nice day!!!

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November 24, 2008 at 9:21 pm

Fantastic sounds. Really atmospheric and entrancing.

I think the Masta Popa track on the video is excellent. I’m going to see if I can find more of his music.

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December 7, 2008 at 1:50 am

seems to be working fine…?

December 10, 2008 at 11:07 pm

Side 1 does not download

December 12, 2008 at 1:53 pm

ok, i fixed side 1, it should work now. not sure what happened there!

January 2, 2009 at 6:08 am

Stumbled across your blog from Awesomest, and it’s fantastic… keep the hits coming and happy new year!

James Howardreply
January 2, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Not to sound ungrateful, because this blog is awesome (as the title would suggest — occasionally I read it aloud to myself as “Awesome, tapes from Africa”), but Side 2 seems to have only partially uploaded. Currently it’s five megabytes and runs four minutes long, which would mean a pretty lopsided cassette if this were originally the case.

Thanks for all the great work!

January 14, 2009 at 9:17 am

wasn’t sure about this at the very beginning, but once the percussion kicks in, this takes off into the sublime.

March 19, 2009 at 1:40 am

ok i am reloading side two. thanks and sorry about that.

July 11, 2009 at 1:12 pm

AWESOME blog bro! Keep it up!
Cheers from Serbia!

July 29, 2009 at 4:58 pm

dead video link?

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November 9, 2009 at 3:11 pm

sounds very similar to Haiti vudun music, Amazing! thanks for posting

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thanks for the article.

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December 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Great Ewe – Agbadza music, thoroughly enjoying this one. Thank you so much!

May 12, 2020 at 1:03 am

This is awesome, thank you so much. We are gradually loosing our rich culture. We shouldn’t allow it. We have to go back to our roots. Thanks for making it possible.

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